Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thought for the day …

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic.
— Alexis Carrel, born on this date in 1873


  1. I would love to know more about this quote, and while googling around discovered he also believed this (from that source of all truth, Wikipedia):

    "A euthanasia establishment, equipped with a suitable gas, would allow the humanitarian and economic disposal of those who have killed, committed armed robbery, kidnapped children, robbed the poor or seriously betrayed public confidence," Carrel wrote in L'Homme, cet Inconnu. "Would the same system not be appropriate for lunatics who have committed criminal acts?

    Sounds like a bit of the "absolute power of logic" he prefers to renounce.

  2. .... although I approve of the "seriously betrayed public confidence," so long as I'm the one who decides that ...

  3. Well, that quote is certainly appalling, especially coming from a Catholic.